Waste Not

attempting to waste less and live more deliberately

Starting Small, Apartment Gardening

Leave a comment

Living in a small space can leave one feeling a bit limited in regards to growing an edible garden. However, there are many people making do! This front lawn transformation is what finally inspired us to give it a try! http://www.viralnova.com/lawn-garden/

Inspiration

ImageSomeone out there can turn something like this….

Image

into THIS…

Image

Working with Your Space

Before ordering a boat load of seeds or heading off to the local nursery, it is important to take a good look at your space. Answering these questions should help you get started:

Where do I live?

When will I be planting?

Will I be planting in the ground or in containers?

What soil type do I have?

What sun exposure do I have?

How will I handle watering?

Here are some links to help you answer those questions and get that garden started!

USDA Planting Zones: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/how-to-use-the-usdas-planting-zone-map

Growing Calendar (just enter your zip code):

http://www.burpee.com/gygg/growingCalendarNoZipCode.jsp?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-PNuRQEfmu96TNMk1ulP2wA&cid=AFF

http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/OH/Cincinnati

Sun Exposure: http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/qt/SunExposure.htm

Soil: http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/understanding-soil/pictures/index.html?i=1

Small Space: http://gardening.about.com/od/vegetables/a/SmVegGarden.htm

Note: Don’t be intimidated! It is perfectly acceptable, if not full on admirable to just jump in a get your hands dirty!  I am a huge fan of learning by doing, it’s my favorite method!

Image

Our Space

One small porch.

3-4 hours of sunlight.

Our Plants

Partial Sun/Partial Shade loving plants in containers.

ImageFour planters hanging on our railing helped us maximize sun exposure.

ImageButterhead Lettuce before thinning.

Image

Arugula and Chard

Image

Rather than composting, we chose to replant our organic green onion bulbs from the grocery store! As you can see there’s about an inch of new growth already!

Image

Starting some Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cat Grass, and Catnip!

Image

“did you say catnip?”

Image

“did you say cat grass?”

Image

What we are growing:

Arugula

Chard

Parsley

Butterhead Lettuce

Green Onions (great for miso soup!)

Rosemary

Broccoli

Bok Choy

Cat Grass and Catnip (for the kitties)

There are few moments better than when you find a seedling has emerged from the soil. We look forward to saving several bucks every time we need fresh herbs, avoiding a few trips to the grocery store, cutting back on packaging, and eating with the peace of mind that we know exactly how our food was grown and where it came from.

It’s a small start, but we look forward to watching it grow into something great! And hey, it’s more than we had before!

ImageCheers! Here is to dreaming of our future farm ☺

♥ ali

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s